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Simḥat Torah

Simḥat Torah (Heb., ‘rejoicing in the Torah’). The last day of the Jewish festival of Sukkot. This is the day on which the cycle of Torah readings is completed and a new beginning made. In Israel, it is celebrated on the same day as Shemini Azeret, but in the diaspora it is the following day. There are Torah processions, hymns of praise are sung, and the bimah is circled seven times.

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